Top 10 Books For Parents of Boys (and the next 40)

Here is my list of Top 10 Books For Parents of Boys:

  1. Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young
  2. Boy-sterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons by Jean Blackmer
  3. Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis
  4. That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character by  Rick Johnson
  5. Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz
  6. King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father by Steve Farrar
  7. Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Steps to Becoming a Man by Bob Schultz
  8. Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys to Be Men by Jean Lush, Pam Vredevelt
  9. A Young Man After God’s Own Heart: Turn Your Life into an Extreme Adventure by Jim George
  10. How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys by Rachel Balducci

And here are 40 more that you might want to read as well.

  1. Every Young Man, God’s Man: Confident, Courageous, and Completely His by Stephen Arterburn
  2. Your Boy: Raising a Godly Son in an Ungodly World by Vicki Courtney
  3. Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives by Michael Gurian
  4. Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson
  5. Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David Thomas
  6. Extreme Pursuit: Winning the Race for the Heart of Your Son by John Davis
  7. I Love You, Son: What Every Boy (and Man) Needs to Hear by Rick Meyer
  8. Better Dads, Stronger Sons by Rick Johnson
  9. Whisker Rubs: Developing the Masculine Identity by Don Otis
  10. Anytime, Anywhere: A Little Boy’s Prayer by Marcus Hummon
  11. I’m Outnumbered! One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys by Laura Lee Groves
  12. God Has a Plan for Little Boys by Katherine Andrews Fincher
  13. Boys Should Be Boys by Meg Meeker
  14. Preparing Your Son for Every Man’s Battle: Honest Conversations About Sexual Integrity by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, and Mike Yorkey
  15. Boys! Shaping Ordinary Boys into Extraordinary Men by William Beausay II
  16. When They Were Boys by Everett Carroll and Charles Francis Reed
  17. I Love You, Son: What Every Boy (and Man) Needs to Hear by Rick Meyer
  18. Raising Boys to Be Like Jesus by Sharon Norris Elliott
  19. Raising Sons and Loving It! Helping Your Boys Become Godly Men by Gary and Carrie Oliver
  20. God’s Promises for Boys by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker
  21. When I’m a Daddy: A Little Boy’s Guide to Biblical Fatherhood by Ginger Adair Fulton
  22. Boy’s Passage – Man’s Journey by Brian D. Molitor
  23. Boys of Grit Who Became Men of Honour (Volume 1) by Archer Wallace
  24. Prayers and Promises for My Little Boy by Stormie Omartian and Tom Browning
  25. Will, God’s Mighty Warrior by Sheila Walsh
  26. Will, God’s Mighty Warrior: The Mystery of Magillicuddy’s Gold by Sheila Walsh
  27. Snips & Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Celebrate the Wonder of Little Boys by Chrys Howard
  28. The Hair-Raising Joys of Raising Boys by Dave Meurer
  29. God’s Wisdom for Little Boys by Jim and Elizabeth George
  30. A Little Boy After God’s Own Heart by Jim and Elizabeth George, Judy Luenebrink
  31. I Am Amazing: Because God Loves Me! by Sheila Walsh
  32. My Time With God: 150 Ways to Start Your Own Quiet Time
  33. The Adventures of Average Boy: Growing Up Super Average by Jesse Florea, Bob Smiley, Gary Locke
  34. Goodnight Warrior: God’s Mighty Warrior Bedtime Devotional Bible by Sheila Walsh
  35. Will, God’s Mighty Warrior: The Creepy Caves Mystery by Sheila Walsh
  36. What Little Boys Are Made Of: Loving Who They Are and Who They Will Become by Jim Daly
  37. The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
  38. From Father to Son: Showing Your Boy How to Walk with Christ by Chap Clark
  39. Little Boy by Alison McGhee
  40. Plants Grown Up by Pam Foster

I am linking this post up to Top Ten Tuesday.

12 thoughts on “Top 10 Books For Parents of Boys (and the next 40)”

  1. Wow! You went above and beyond! I am going to check out a few of these because I have two sons and feel in over my head sometimes!

    Thanks for posting!

  2. Wowza! What a list!
    Have you read all of these? Thanks for sharing. My son is 4 months and I’m looking forward to raising this little guy to walk uprightly before the Lord. And I wouldn’t mind having a few more boys either. :)

  3. I have 3 little boys and have read a number of these. I have not read the first one on the list, Raising Real Men by the Young’s– is that the book you’d most highly recommend or did it just happen to be the first one you wrote down?

    1. Hi Kathryn,

      Raising Real Men is the book that I am currently reading (and will be posting a review and hosting a giveaway for) and I absolutely love it. Every mama of boys needs to read this book!


  4. What an extensive list. I have read Created for Work. It is a very interesting read. I would recommend it for parents and older boys to read together.

  5. Oh Honey,
    You are an angel I think! You just don’t know how I have been searching and agonizing over my 15y/o son (next week). I thought about getting the first one you listed but as hubby lost his job I can’t right now. My son is starting to get girl crazy and here at home we believe in courting but he spends time with his father and they push him to date and let him have free reign to do whatever he wishes unless it inconviences them. I spend most of the time he is here retraining him and undoing the damage one weekend has caused. I am so weary of all of this. I will definately be printing out this list. Hopefully my library has these so I can at least read them.

    1. Hi Mrs. Mandy,

      I am so thankful that this list will be useful to you. We have 4 boys (and 1 princess) and I have recently been searching for books to help us parent them. That is where this list came from and I am working my way through it.


  6. Thanks for this awesome list!!! As the mom of four boys(who never grew up around boys) I need ALL the godly wisdom/encouragement that I can get. We will be starting our first year of homeschooling this year and we’re so excited!

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